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  • Writer's pictureLexi Eimbinder

Your NYC Budget Coffee Guide

From the second you step out of bed, all you can imagine is that beautiful, large oat milk iced latte with vanilla. This is the perfect start to your day – except this amazing start to your morning comes at a price of almost $10. A daily coffee quite literally makes a dent in your wallet. So, we want to help you out.


If you truly are an avid coffee drinker, you should consider a subscription service. There are tons of different coffee services that offer a monthly fee for coffee at their shop or will bring beans to your door. Pret offers a monthly subscription for up to five coffees a day for $24.99. You can also make your own coffee at home through a bean subscription plan like Craft Coffee.

Do It Yourself (Occasionally)

Make a plan with yourself to only buy coffee on two days of the week. On the other days, try to make your own coffee at home. A Keurig is about $100. The investment is worth it if you truly need coffee to fuel your day. If you’re a fan of iced coffee, don’t worry. You can buy an iced coffee maker for $25 on Amazon. You just need to get coffee beans, and you’ll have the energy to have a great day! And now, the days when you buy coffee will truly be a treat!

Use your tuition to your advantage.

College is expensive. So, wave your student ID like a credit card and use it to save on coffee. The Bean, Birch Coffee, and Mad Man Expresso offer 10% (Birch offers 20%) off for students with valid school IDs. Sit down, order your coffee, and take a break from the library in these fun, cute locations around the city.

Keep an eye out for special offers.

From punch cards leading up to your free coffee to neighborhood discounts, there are tons of ways to get your cup of energy at a reduced price. Starbucks and Dunkin’ both offer rewards to customers who order on the app. Other stores in the city do this as well: just keep your eyes open, and don’t be afraid to ask the barista if there are any deals you can receive. Check Instagram and TikTok to look out for special promotions or free coffee events in your neighborhood.

We’re not here to tell you that you have a coffee addiction. We just want to help you get your daily energy without breaking your bank account. Coffee is a great treat but treat yourself responsibly.


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